Bexhill MP, Huw Merriman, has responded to today’s announcement by the Immigration Minister, Robert Jenrick, that a site in East Sussex has been chosen to house asylum seekers. It will located on the site of a former training centre, known as Northeye, in Bexhill. It will be one of a number of similar sites across the UK.
This is part of the government’s policy to house asylum seekers in suitable, safe accommodation where they can access appropriate support whilst their asylum cases are considered. The use of hotels, hostels and other temporary accommodation is not suitable, sustainable, or cost-effective for British taxpayers or local authorities.
Huw said “I know that this decision will have an impact on local authorities and public services. It will also be of great concern to local residents.
It is important that the community is fully appraised of the proposals and reassured as to the impact. I will be meeting with the Immigration Minister, and officials, at the Home Office tomorrow to take forward local concerns along with any proposals and ideas which local stakeholders and I consider would be necessary or helpful. I am keen to identify the challenges and issues this will create for the town and its residents. I will work with the Home Office, and other organisations, to deliver the resources and safeguards which will be needed to reassure residents.
I will share further information about the proposals for Northeye as soon as it is made available to me.”